Pitt Panthers College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
Is it possible for Pitt to be the star of the Coastal Division?
Obviously the ACC is all about Clemson up top, and then there’s a massive divide before North Carolina appears to be the next-best team. But Notre Dame isn’t a full member this year outside of its cozy relationship with the league, Miami hasn’t been more than just okay, Florida State is a shadow of its former self, Virginia Tech hasn’t been able to rise up and be more than just very good, and everyone else is everyone else.
In a positive way for the ACC, the conference is relatively even after the star up top, and if anything this year, NC State and Boston College should be the sneaky-high risers – and they’re in the Atlantic and not on the Pitt slate.
This is hardly a perfect Pitt team. It needs to get the ground game going, the offensive line has to be stronger, and the secondary and pass defense have to be more consistent and tighter, but …
Set The Pitt Panthers Regular Season Win Total At … 8
Again, is it possible for Pitt to be the star of the Coastal?
The program was able to get to the ACC Championship in 2018, and getting there again is hardly a crazy goal.
There’s a road game at Virginia Tech, but the other ACC away dates are at Georgia Tech, Duke and Syracuse. If you have any dreams of getting to Charlotte in early December, you have to be no worse than 3-1 against all that.
Yeah, there’s Clemson to deal with from the Atlantic, but at least its at home, there’s no Notre Dame on the schedule, and missing Boston College, Louisville and NC State – all three of those would be 50/50 games for Pitt – is a big plus.
Best of all, the Coastal showdowns against Miami and North Carolina are at home.
So to answer the question, asking Pitt to be the star of the Coastal as if it might be the second-best team in the ACC might be a wee bit a stretch.
It doesn’t mean it can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t be on top of the division standings.